Special Correspondent

Dozens of Congress leaders throng Assembly and CMO

HYDERABAD: Hopefuls for Congress ticket for the Council elections continued to make rounds of the Assembly and the Secretariat on Friday seeking an audience with Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and his political advisor K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao.

Dozens of leaders have been thronging these two places every day during the course of the last one-month. But, what was a trickle a month ago has become a torrent now in spite of the Chief Minister ordering his officials to restrict the entry of visitors.

Officials of the Chief Minister's Office are having a tough time controlling the steady stream of aspirants seeking nomination in one quota or the other to the now revived House of Elders.

The first list of Congress candidates to be elected from the Local Authorities Constituencies (LACs) has already been released and the race is now on to secure a place in the MLAs quota an exercise that needs the Congress high command's nod.

Notwithstanding the fact that making it to the list is almost impossible for some of them, several senior leaders were seen on a mission described as `meet-CM, greet-KVP' on Friday before Dr. Reddy left for New Delhi. Journalists were also sought after by the aspirants for publishing "a line or two in the news columns" in their favour.

Camping in Delhi

Meanwhile, several senior Congress leaders were camping in New Delhi to try their luck.